This study explores the lived experiences of Muslims living in Ireland. It focuses particularly on challenges that Muslims face in relation to the practice of their religion and in relation to their integration with the wider non-Muslim Irish society. The research has adopted a phenomenological approach and has utilized a qualitative method of data collection. Twenty-one semi-structured in-depth interviews were carried out with Muslims from a range of cultural, social and religious backgrounds. The research has found that simplified categorizations of identity and integration are inadequate to portray the nuanced levels of diversity present within the Muslim population of Ireland. It found that the significant challenges that Muslims in Ireland face in relation to the practice of their religion and their adherence to religiously prescribed rules can be overcome through adaptation to Irish culture and society. It also found that discrimination and misunderstandings of Islam constitute the major challenges that Muslims face in relation to integration and that these are fuelled by meta-narratives of Islam as enemy and media misrepresentations.
|Publication status||Submitted - 2009|